CLIENT: “… Also, on this page when you click on a link, it breaks the web”
ME: “Sorry, which part does it break?”
CLIENT: “It breaks the WHOLE WEB!”
ME: “Do you mean it breaks that page, or the whole website shows an error page?”
CLIENT: “No, I click on the link and now the Internet is not working”
ME: “What, all of the Internet?”
Please note, this entire conversation took place over the internet.
Airing Friday at 10 p.m., the Big Easy episode will chronicle his adventures such as meeting Sissy Bounce artists Big Freedia and Katey Red, hanging out at the Spotted Cat, visiting the NOLA Art House on Esplanade Avenue and discovering the city’s cemeteries.
“We went to one of the Lafayette Cemeteries and hung out with Lord Chaz, who’s a big vampire-looking dude, and talked about the system of cemeteries in New Orleans, ” Schuffman said.
Some of his most memorable local experiences were spontaneous.
“Chaz’s friend made me some fangs, and we also ended up in an original dungeon in the French Quarter, and all of that was totally unplanned, ” he said.
In this season of “Young, Broke & Beautiful, ” Schuffman explores Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Boston and his hometown of San Diego, in addition to New Orleans.
“We knew from the beginning that New Orleans was going to be high up on the shortlist, and I love this city, ” he said. “It’s one of the oldest cities in North America, and there’s so much history and potential for mayhem there, so how could I not go?”
So is New Orleans the best “Young, Broke & Beautiful” city in America?
“I don’t like to play favorites, but there’s no place like New Orleans in the world. It’s the city of yes, ” he said. “You can be as freaky as you want to be, no one’s going to hate on you for it. And I will celebrate you for it.”
Ultimately, though, Schuffman says that the city’s joie de vivre sets it apart.
“There’s so much revelry here, and it’s kind of like a first love that sticks with you forever, ” he said.
Schuffman also enjoyed interacting with locals.
“Having a giant camera crew can make people weird, but everyone was really friendly and nice, ” he said. “Most people might say ‘Don’t put me on camera, ’ or ‘Get out of my place, ’ but in New Orleans it was more like, ‘Hey baby, what ya doin’? That sounds cool.’” —My favorite new travel show — IFC’s “Young, Broke and Beautiful” — visits Nola and Lafayette in the episode that airs tonight. (via cajunboy)